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Worlington seal first ever Two Counties Championship league title

The village side made history on home soil this afternoon (Saturday, September 1) by securing the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title with two games to spare after a 107-run win.

Worlington cricket.Worlington cricket club celebrate league win. Picture Mark Westley. (3915077)
Worlington cricket.Worlington cricket club celebrate league win. Picture Mark Westley. (3915077)

Coggeshall had won the toss and elected to field in sunny conditions.

But the Essex side were set a challenging target of 255 as the hosts largely shared the runs around.

Ziaf Kulasi finished as the best with bat with 77, with no-one else managing to claim a half-century though there were double figure contributions from all but three as they were all out in the 48th over.

In reply, some tight bowling ensured no Coggeshall batsman who able to progress past the 20s.

The wickets began to tumble rapidly with 98-6 soon becoming 148 all out to spark the celebrations as Worlington could no longer be mathematically caught at the top of the table.

Charlie Tunstall 10-1-52-3 was the standout bowler while there were two-wicket hauls for Ashan Athurkoralage (2-26), Mark Nunn (2-25) and Matthew Wittish (an impressive 2-8).

Worlington will now have the opportunity to contest a play-off match to challenge for a spot in the top tier of regional cricket in the area, the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Bury St Edmunds looked destined to finish in the relegation play-off spot, but continued their amazing run by picking up their fifth straight win this afternoon to keep them clear of Norwich.

A six-wicket win was secured over Copdock & Old Ipswichian at the Victory Ground to ensure they will go into the last two fixtures in charge of their own destiny.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, a 55-run defeat for Sudbury at Mildenhall has seen the former's lead at the top of the table cut to a single point ahead of the last two rounds.

Swardeston took 25 points from their home game with Great Witchingham to close the gap further, having beat Sudbury at Friars Street the previous weekend to blow the title race back open.

Mildenhall are only 39 points off top spot themselves now in third place, meaning they have a mathematical chance of winning the title with 50 points still to play for.

* For reaction to Worlington's historic win, Bury St Edmunds' fifth straight victory and Sudbury's latest slip-up, see next week's papers.